Young bodies, power and resistance: a new materialist perspective

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2017. Young bodies, power and resistance: a new materialist perspective. Journal of Youth Studies, 20 (9), pp. 1161-1175. ISSN 1367-6261

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Portrayals of young people as either victims or perpetrators of errant, aberrant or even dangerous attitudes, desires or behaviours may be criticised for obscuring the relations of power within which young bodies are socially and physically located. However, notions of ‘resistance’ to power within these critiques remain under-theorised. In this theoretical paper we take a new materialist approach to explore the affectivity of young bodies, and the flows and intensities that produce and reproduce power and resistance, and what young bodies can do, feel and desire. To illustrate young bodies’ resistances, we offer the example of the transgressive pro-ana movement that resists both biomedical and social definitions of anorexia. We conclude there is a need to focus upon ‘resisting’ as an affective movement of becoming, rather than upon ‘resistance’ as an agentic act, with consequences both for young bodies, theory, research and activism.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Youth Studies
Creators: Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 21 October 2017
Volume: 20
Number: 9
ISSN: 1367-6261
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Feb 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 15:03

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